Attention! We have ooths incubating for several species right now, but cannot do "wait" lists. Please keep checking back on this page (remember to scroll all the way down). Thanks!
Mantids for Sale:
We want your mantis-buying experience to be a happy one, so please read the important paragraphs below before making your purchase. Thank you!
Looking for a specific species? I have listed here what we have in stock as a quick-reference guide for those who know what they are looking for, however, you'll still have to scroll down to select your nymph, as I can't link to a specific part of the page with this software (sorry!)
Quick List of Available Species:
Popa Spurca - Available Soon!
S. carolina - Available Soon!
T. sinensis - Chinese Mantis (Nymph AND Ooths!)
P. paradoxa - Ghost Mantis
This Page Last Updated On: 6-11-2013
Attention!: If you are not be able to be home to receive a package, we can ship to a work address...OR, we can request that the package be held at the post office for you. Simply let us know in the "Instructions to Seller/Note to Seller" area when you checkout! We require signatures on ALL orders containing live animals, except feeders. Please be sure someone is home to sign for the package or your Live Arrival Guarantee will be void!
*NEW Winter Shipping Notice!*: Live arrival guarantee is now extended to Priority-mailed packages, as long as your local temps do not drop below 32 degrees! If your local temps are outside of the 55-85 degree "optimal shipping window", we would appreciate notification from you on your order form! Otherwise, we have to guess! Postal delivery trucks are NOT climate-controlled, so if your local temps are 32 degrees and below, please CONTACT US and request your package be held for pickup at your local post office or we will NOT guarantee live arrival!
Never fear, heat packs are here! Shipping in the winter is far safer for live animals, because we can use long-lasting heat packs in their insulated boxes to keep your pets nice & warm all the way to their destination...even if it takes a few days! You do NOT need to "add a heat pack to cart" ...we include those for you, FREE OF CHARGE, to ensure the safety & comfort of your new pets! Thanks!
WE DO NOT SHIP OUTSIDE OF THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES! Please DO NOT ask!
Please DOUBLE-CHECK your shipping address when you checkout! A lot of people forget to do that, and if your order has already shipped an old/invalid address, there is NOTHING that WE or the POSTAL SERVICE can do about it! (The post office cannot re-route packages in transit!) If your shipping address is different from the one you have listed with Paypal, please LET US KNOW that it is different by using the contact form, "note to seller/merchant" during checkout, or email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
If you have items in your shopping cart for more than 7 days, please double-check this page before checking out, as we may have sold out of the item/species in the interim between you placing it in your cart & actually ordering!
We package your order with the utmost concern towards the care & safety of your pet for the duration of its journey!
What our customers are saying:
"I ordered a praying mantis for my daughter for Christmas. That was really the only thing she wanted. I just wanted to let you know that you made the process very easy! I was a little concerned, especially since we live in Minnesota and it is December. I was concerned about it getting here alive and keeping it alive.
"Thank you so much. My boys are super excited!
*New* We now have videos of many species listed below!
We thought it would be nice for folks to see videos of their potential pets in action, since it is difficult to get a "feel" for an animal without seeing, visually, what they are really like, so with permission of a dear friend & fellow hobbyist, Henry K. (Precarious333 on YouTube), we have linked his video work of many of the species of mantids listed below! We cannot express our gratitude in simple words, so instead we will ask you, our dear customers, to please watch any & all videos that interest you, and subscribe to Henry's channel if you like them! Please give him the kudos he deserves! The macro views & audio (Henry's original compositions are featured in most of the videos) are a visual & auditory delight!
*New!* Teacher's Classroom Kit:
What a sweet deal! Here's a new kit with all of you educators in mind! You receive everything that comes in the regular starter kits, PLUS: a small jar of Flower Power Gold™ mantis treat, 30 toothpicks, 3 reproducibles pages (one crossword, one word search & one coloring page), and YOUR choice of any of the available species below (small species with small kits, and the like.) Use the handy-dandy contact form to let us know which species you would prefer AFTER you place your order...if you have no preference, just say so & we'll choose something nice for you!
As always, the deluxe kits come with a copy of Praying Mantids - Keeping Aliens, for educators that want to know more!
Attention Starter Kit Buyers! We are changing over to a new supplier for mantis enclosures. As a result, the enclosure you receive MAY not look like the one pictured above, but it will be a BETTER-QUALITY item. (The new Medium &
Large Enclosures are hexagonal.) We hope to get pics up of the new enclosures soon.
We do not ship outside of the contiguous United States!
What's with the little hearts? We're rating these guys as far as how they feed, breed & general behavior.
♥♥♥♥ - Means that this is a very easy species, suitable for beginners.
♥♥♥ - A little extra care is required for this species, but still easy.
♥♥ - More involved care required, some experience with other species is a bonus.
♥ - An advanced species requiring more extensive care, not suitable for beginners.
For more information about the care requirements for specific species, please see the Advanced Care Sheets! (We are still working on them.)
Remember to scroll ALL THE WAY down to see all available species! Thanks!
We will NEVER list species that we haven't actually kept in our collection before!
*New Species!* Mesopteryx alata - Taiwan Giant Grass Mantis
Adult female is shown on the left, adult male is shown on the right.
We were very fortunate indeed to receive this species along with H. venosa (to the left) from a dear friend & fellow hobbyist! When I first looked them up on the web for images, they didn't look very impressive to me, but when I received the adults..."Holy Cow!"...is all I could say. I will have to get a better picture of them soon, as my camera just doesn't do them justice. They are BIG and beautiful! Adults resemble what you might imagine if you could cross a Brunner's & a Chinese mantis (no, you can't, but these guys sure make you think you could). Overall coloring is primarily green, but adults have a red "racing stripe" down the back of their abdomen and some have shades of tan on their wings, along with pink on the head & thorax! Females exceed 4 inches in length, not including their blonde antennae! Males are nearly as big as the females and also sport a green racing stripe along the sides of the wings. Both adults & nymphs are very calm & docile. *Added Note* - Even the little L2 nymphs are VERY calm & will sit on your finger nicely (and maybe even drink "dew" from it!)
*Out of Stock!* - Rearing a new generation of breeders!
*New Species!* Hierodula venosa - Yen's Red-Armed Asian Mantis™
We have only just hatched these guys, so will have more information as it becomes available. Nymphs are very active & can be seen running around their enclosure from time to time. Care is be the same as any other Hierodula species. (Or follow guidelines under "General Mantis Care".)
*Out of Stock!* - Rearing a new generation of breeders!
Rhombodera valida - Green Shield Mantis, Giant Shield Mantis
These guys are very new for us, and while they are closely related to R. stalli (which can be seen on our home page), they are a larger species, and somewhat hardier overall than their cousin. The problem with R. stalli was when it came to breeding. Males (or females, we're not really certain) were often sterile, despite dietary supplementation, and the species just proved too difficult to keep going generation to generation. With R. valida, we have not experienced this problem, and yet, they have the same endearing personality as R. stalli, on an even larger frame! Thoracic "shields" in this species are larger than R. stalli, more rounded, and individuals do not seem to be as prone to "black eye" either! We hope that you will love the new Shield Mantis as much as we do!
Non-communal. Not to be released in the US.
***Breeder's Note: Early instars (L1-L4) absolutely REQUIRE additional misting in order to prevent mismolts! Mist 2x a day, or more if you live in a dry environment.
*Out of Stock!* - Breeding now!
Tenodera sinensis - Chinese Mantis
Fresh adult female Chinese mantis
Typical starting species for the beginner! These guys are cheap, easy to feed and get big. Classic "mantis" shape, they grow to be either green or brown and range around 4 inches long. The earlier instars can be difficult to keep alive, but that's why they have SO MANY babies! (And why they are cheaper when they are younger!) These are aggressive feeders that will eat just about anything you put in with them. In the wild, they have even been known to take down hummingbirds, small snakes and lizards! Despite their aggressive feeding response, they are fairly calm & easy to handle as adults. Some rare adults can & will try to bite humans (usually wild-caught ones). Other than the initial pinch, no harm usually comes from such attempts. Nymphs can be "jumpy", but not too fast. These are a naturalized species, so they CAN be released if you find you have too many! (These are actually the ones you get when you purchase "mantis egg sacks" for your garden!) Non-communal. Can be released anywhere in the US.
These are a seasonal species and MAY only be available during the spring-early summer.
*Out of Stock!* - Hatching now! L2/L3 nymphs will be available soon!
Limited Time Offer! For a limited time, we will be offering Chinese Mantis Oothecae for purchase! If you are an educator or natural gardener, wishing to hatch your own "safe for release" mantids, this is what you have been looking for! Each ooth will come with simple instructions for setting up your ooth to hatch, either indoors or outdoors, and will be backed by our "Ooth Guarantee" (see page for details). Good luck! ...and don't forget the fruit flies to feed your hoarde...available here!
Phyllocrania paradoxa - Ghost Mantis
Main picture is a rare "green phase" nymph, inset is the more typical "brown phase".
The pinnacle of every beginner's collection! All the exotic looks with virtually none of the hassles. This species breeds easily, and you could soon find yourself caring for hundreds of nymphs in a very short amount of time! They come in four color phases: Black, dark brown, tan & green, but you never know for sure what you'll end up with till their final molt! Communal to sub-adult, then separate. Not to be released in the US.
***Breeders Note: I have been breeding for a high concentration of GREEN Ghosts for the past few generations (frequent misting & holding back for breeding the brightest green individuals possible), and I expect to have many greens to offer in the next hatch of nymphs...HOWEVER, color is not guaranteed to stay (if you don't consistently mist them every day, they can still turn darker on the next molt), and be aware that males are NEVER green upon adulthood (but I expect many green-tinged male nymphs in the next generation).
*In Stock!* - L2/L3 nymphs now available! (Currently eating houseflies...available here.)
*Please note* - Some of the nymphs available are from our own breeding for "Hi-Green" Ghosts, where I have bred my greenest females to males that showed some green when they were nymphs (no one has yet witnessed a green adult male.) We cannot guarantee that these nymphs will become green as adults, but if they are kept moist throughout their nymph stages, a large percentage of "Hi-Green" nymphs *should* become green adults!